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How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on the Kindle

On NPR, author Andrei Codrescu launched a three-and-a-half-minute attack against the “Popular Highlights” feature on the Kindle. He argued: “the entire experience of reading is shattered by the presence of a mob that agitates inside your text like strangers in a train station.”

If you hate seeing popular passages underlined on your eReader, you can turn off this function with a few simple clicks on the Kindle or the Kindle app. We included the directions below. If you are a fan of eBook highlights, check out our How To Copy & Paste Your Kindle Highlights post.

How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on the Kindle
1. Press the “Home” button to return to your Home screen.
2. Press the Menu button.
3. Select “Settings” on the menu.
4. Select “off” for the Popular Highlights setting.

How To Turn Off Popular Highlights on the Kindle iPhone or iPad App
1. Press the “Home” button to return to your Home screen.
2. Press the “i” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
3. Select “off” for the Popular Highlights setting.

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